School of Things (SOFT) is a week-long professional development course based on the Lane of Things (LOFT) Curriculum. The hands-on curriculum is designed to use technology and principles of urban sensing platforms to teach students programming, data science, digital fabrication, and engineering concepts.
At the conclusion of the week, teachers will be given the option to take three sensor kits to be used in their own classrooms. Following the week in the summer, teachers will be required to attend four additional Saturday workshops that will empower the teachers to use the technique of scaffolding, or building upon, the sensor curriculum. Teachers will be able convene, ask questions, discuss challenges and successes, and learn techniques to improve upon their own curriculum.
Lane of Things is currently in its third year of implementation at Lane Tech High School.
Each particpating teacher will receive a stipend at the end the course. Registration is limited to 20 participants.
This PD course is funded by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation and implemented through a partnership with Lane Tech High School, the University of Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.